When I was growing up, we played board games. We didn’t have the abundance of devices and gadgets that kids today have grown up with. We had to use our imagination, and I think, we fared pretty well. If we became too antsy, our parents would do something many of us would gasp about – we were sent outside to play. We ran, played, biked our ways to bliss without giving it a second thought. That’s just what kids did. We went outside and worked off all the energy coursing through our veins.

Today, kids have more gadgets and devices than we could have ever imagined. Between cell phones, tablets, Smart TVs, home computers, laptops, and game systems, they’re always connected to something and getting outside to exercise has taken a back seat to them. While convenient and necessary at times for homework or to catch up with friends and family far away, the lack of exercise is taking a toll on kids’ health. Obesity rates are up. Screen time is at an all-time high. What’s a parent to do to make sure their children are healthy?

We have to lead by example. After all, everyone needs to exercise. It’s also a good way to destress after a long day at work or school. So, why not lace up a comfortable pair of shoes and get outdoors with your children?

Chances are your children will be right behind you before you step foot outside, and it doesn’t cost a thing. While you’re out there, it’s a good time to talk to your kids about what’s going on in school or anything that’s on their mind. Keep it a strictly no device adventure. After all, why allow them to carry a distraction with them.

We have to lead by example. After all, everyone needs to exercise. It’s also a good way to destress after a long day at work or school. So, why not lace up a comfortable pair of shoes and get outdoors with your children? Chances are your children will be right behind you before you step foot outside, and it doesn’t cost a thing. While you’re out there, it’s a good time to talk to your kids about what’s going on in school or anything that’s on their mind. Keep it a strictly no device adventure. After all, why allow them to carry a distraction with them.

Don’t worry about your pace or the distance you go. Focus on the time together. Soon, the conversation will flow, and you’ll get plenty of good exercise to boot. When you can’t get outside, try other exercises with the kids in tow, here’s a few activities to consider:

1. Planking – Compete with the kids to see who can tolerate it longer.

2. Crunches – Remember to teach proper form.

3. Squats – Fun for everyone and easy to do.

4. Lunges – Side lunges and back lunges.

5. Mountain Climbers – What a great wholebody workout!

6. Push-ups – Make it a competition.

7. Butterfly Kicks – Make sure you have enough space.

8. Sit-ups – Challenge your kids to ten situps.

9. Yoga – Good for your body and soul.

10. Jump Rope – Finally, put those old jump ropes to good use.

By Angelina Sire

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